They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say. When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!
Mark 14:32-42 NLT
At the critical, most pressure-filled hour of His earthly life, He demonstrated a yielded heart: and His disciples were watching.
Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.
Mark 14:36 NLT
Desire : What is it that you want?
Decision : Your choices matter!
Determination : Strengthen your resolve for what’s right!
Heart of Worship
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Revelation 4:2, 10-11 KJV
- God first!
- Moment of worship is wholehearted devotion only to God with spirit, soul and body.
- Become a man/women who praises, gives thanks, and worships the Lord.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Colossians 1:13 KJV
- By the power of the blood of Jesus, we have been brought into the family of God.
- We used to be under the powers of this world, and wicked rulers of this age.
- It’s a kingdom, God reigns! Now we are under the lordship of the King of kings!
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:6-7 KJV
Jesus is the Lord. Be submitted to His word and under the authority He has established.
- Civil authorities
- Church authorities
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
Hebrews 13:17 NLT
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Colossians 3:20 KJV
So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
John 13:4-5, 15 NLT
Be committed to advancing God’s Kingdom and serving others!
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:22-24 KJV
Desire. Decision. Determination.
Prayer of consecration:
I surrender my life to you completely.
I worship you with all I am.
You are the Lord of my life.
I serve you with all of my heart.
I’ll do what you want me to do.
I’ll go where you want me to go.
I’ll say what you want me to say.
I’ll be who you want me to be.
Not my will Lord, but your will be done.
I am yours.